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  1. Kelly talks about the hot seat

    Nov 9, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    Chalk it up under the “Only at Notre Dame” category. Brian Kelly discusses the idea of being on the hot seat, a position Kelly finds himself in after a mediocre start and the impending investigation into the Declan Sullivan tragedy. While I think Father Jenkins’ statement would quell all logical voices calling for Kelly’s job,…

  2. Depth chart shows life after Allen, Crist

    Nov 9, 2010, 12:41 AM EDT

    Want to know what the new Notre Dame offense looks like? Well, it looks a lot younger without quarterback Dayne Crist and running back Armando Allen. With Brian Kelly set to address the media in preparation for Utah, the Irish depth chart was released, and to no surprise, it’s continuing to get younger. As quarterback,…

  3. Rudolph recovery on target, no decision made on NFL

    Nov 8, 2010, 7:26 PM EDT

    One thing is certain, Kyle Rudolph’s season with the Fighting Irish is over. Whether or not his career at Notre Dame is finished, that hasn’t been decided. Rudolph caught up with his hometown Cincinnati Inquirer, discussing the surgery to repair his hamstring as well as the decision he’ll have to make as the NFL Draft…

  4. Utah loss adds a new dimension to Saturday’s game

    Nov 8, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    Heading into the bye week, Notre Dame took a few extra days to prepare for Utah, the highest-ranked team on a Notre Dame schedule since the Irish faced Pete Carroll’s 2008 USC Trojans, who were also ranked fifth in the country when they destroyed the Irish 38-3. But Kyle Whittingham’s Utes got exposed in their…

  5. How we got here: Redshirts

    Nov 6, 2010, 2:30 AM EDT

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    Redshirt. It’s an ugly word amongst Irish fans, as Notre Dame doesn’t officially redshirt anyone, but merely allows seniors to apply for a fifth year of eligibility and enroll in a graduate program. But for the life blood of a competitive college football program, Notre Dame’s inability to utilize a fifth-year of eligibility among its…

  6. Jenkins sends open letter to ND community

    Nov 5, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

    This afternoon Rev. John Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, sent an open letter to Notre Dame students, faculty, alumni, parents and friends. In it, Jenkins and Notre Dame took responsibility for Declan Sullivan’s death. “Declan died in a tragic accident while in our care. For that, I am profoundly sorry. We are conducting an investigation and…

  7. Notre Dame appoints independent review of Sullivan accident

    Nov 5, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    With the ongoing internal invesitgation into what happened surrounding the death of Declan Sullivan, Notre Dame announced that it is turning over the investigation to an independent reviewer. Peter Likins, the former president of the University of Arizona, will lead the process. Father John Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, had this to say about Likins. “In…

  8. Kelly talks bye week

    Nov 5, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    Having not met with the media since his emotional press conference after the Tulsa game, Brian Kelly spent roughly 20 minutes answering questions as the Irish prepare to take a well-deserved weekend away from football. Here are a few of the highlights: Unfortunately, Kelly’s suspicions are confirmed, and Armando Allen has played his last football…

  9. USA Today: Both Kelly and Swarbrick’s jobs are safe

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

    Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick conducted his first interview since the passing of Declan Sullivan, and told the USA Today that he isn’t resigning, nor is he asking for the resignation of head football coach Brian Kelly. This should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, but will likely make headlines across the…

  10. How we got here: Turnovers

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:14 AM EDT

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    It was no secret that there were going to be some growing pains in the evolution of the Notre Dame offense. Brian Kelly was taking a drop-back quarterback with a total of 20 mop-up throws under his belt and putting him into an offensive system that relied on quick throws, quicker data processing, and presenting…

  11. Demetrius Jones regrets leaving Notre Dame

    Nov 3, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    Former Notre Dame beat writer and current Chicago Tribune columnist David Haugh caught up with former Chicago prep star, former Notre Dame quarterback, former Cincinnati outside linebacker, and current Central State University jack-of-all-trades Demetrius Jones, who is still chasing his dream of making it to the NFL. Even if he doesn’t, he’ll at least have…

  12. How we got here: Injuries

    Nov 3, 2010, 1:48 AM EDT

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    There’s a tricky line to draw when you write about injuries. They are a certainty in football (not unlike death and taxes off the field), but there is also a line where you’ve got to take injuries into account when adjusting your expectations for a team’s ability to perform. There’s a school of thought that…

  13. How we got here: The path to 4-5

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    With the Irish on bye week, there was no Tuesday Brian Kelly press conference, a likely relief for a coach supplying more questions than answers last weekend as the Irish found a way to lose to Tulsa 28-27, dropping their record to 4-5 on the year. With no game to prep for this week, I…

  14. The good, the bad, the ugly: Tulsa

    Nov 1, 2010, 3:51 PM EDT

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    What a calendar year for the Irish. From Halloween to Halloween, you’d be hard pressed to find a football program that’s had a tougher 12 months than the Fighting Irish. On the field, the Irish were 4-9, with seven of those losses decided by one score or less. Major injuries were suffered by starters like…

  15. Brian Kelly discusses the Declan Sullivan accident

    Oct 31, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    Before Kelly addressed the 28-27 loss to Tulsa, he spoke at length about the video tower’s collapse and the death of Declan Sullivan. Here is the entirety of his statement: Obviously a very difficult loss for our football team. Certain pales in comparison to the unimaginable sorrow we had this week in the loss of…

  16. Crist has knee surgery, out six months

    Oct 31, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    As suspected, quarterback Dayne Crist is lost for the season, undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured patellar tendon. “I met with our doctors today, and he had successful surgery this morning,” Kelly said this afternoon. “The patellar tendon had in fact torn, and it was reattached. The surgery went well and we’re looking at a…

  17. Sullivan family releases statement

    Oct 30, 2010, 11:05 PM EDT

    Hours after the Irish lost to Tulsa 28-27, Declan Sullivan’s family released a statement: This week our family lost Declan Drumm Sullivan in a tragic accident on the University of Notre Dame campus in South Bend, IN. Declan loved Notre Dame. He felt privileged to have a role with the football program videotaping games and…

  18. Five Things We Learned: Notre Dame vs. Tulsa

    Oct 30, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

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    For those looking to bury Brian Kelly after nine games at Notre Dame, they were given the opportunity late in the fourth quarter. After calling a timeout with 42 seconds left, Kelly decided against putting the game on the leg of his field goal kicker David Ruffer, and instead bet on the arm of freshman…

  19. IBG: Better late than never

    Oct 29, 2010, 9:19 PM EDT

    I missed out on the Irish Blog Gathering last week, and even though most Irish fans are still dragging, Subway Domer did too good of a job assembling this week’s questions to ignore them completely. Here we go with this week’s edition, proposed Monday evening: 1. A young man of 12 arrives in the United…